Sidewheeler Tugs

NickNZ
23rd January 2011, 07:47
I remember standing on the foreshore in Torpoint, watching the tugs jostling Ark Royal (which I still regard as the 'real' Ark Royal) and other carriers being tended by sidewheeler tugs. But need help with the names.
Anyone help, or know what happened to them? Was one called ...Powerful?

R736476
23rd January 2011, 10:05
Nick, Are these Royal Navy Paddle Tugs you are thinking of?
The information is from the Paxman History Pages; all seven tugs were diesel electric with Paxman diesels:
Seven paddle tugs built for the Royal Navy, with the main role of providing berthing assistance to aircraft carriers. The very wide beam over the paddles allowed the tugs to tuck under the protruding flightdecks of carriers without catching their funnels. Dexterous, Director, Faithful and Forceful were built by Yarrow Shipbuilders at Scotstoun in 1957. Griper and Grinder were built by William Simons & Co at Renfrew in 1958. Favourite was built by Ferguson Brothers of Port Glasgow and launched on 1st July 1958. She was scrapped in 1980.
LOA 157', breadth 60', draught 10', 473 grt.
Engines: Four 12YHAXZ per vessel, each with a 24 hour rating of 585 bhp at 1,000 rpm. The engines for Favourite were ordered in January 1956 and despatched in December 1957.
Electrical Machinery: Each engine coupled to a 340kW generator. Two 600 volt DC propulsion motors per vessel, each producing 800 bhp at 212 rpm. The electrical machinery and control gear were manufactured by British Thomson-Houston.

Alex

JET
23rd January 2011, 10:22
Nick, In addition to what Alex has given to you from the Paxman History page,
there is some other info on the website www.clydesite.co.uk

John

senior pilot
23rd January 2011, 13:39
check out the pas /rmas gallery and you will see plenty of pictures of said tugs alex

Kinnie
23rd January 2011, 14:36
And they are all shown HERE (http://rfaaplymouth.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=1519).

zero
23rd January 2011, 15:18
The paddle tugs that were in Devonport were Pert and Camel replaced by Favourite and Forceful. Favourite was initially in Malta and transferred to Devonport in the early 1960's

senior pilot
23rd January 2011, 17:56
favourite was devonport from build the two tugs in malta where faithful and director

NickNZ
23rd January 2011, 18:39
Thanks all, these are the ones I was thinking of. Fond memories, especially when you saw them heading down the Tamar. Knowing tehy would soon be back with what to me was a huge carrier.

Steve Oatey
9th March 2011, 20:05
NickNZ - always a good view from the Ballast Pond beach.

jan martin
18th October 2011, 22:44
I remember standing on the foreshore in Torpoint, watching the tugs jostling Ark Royal (which I still regard as the 'real' Ark Royal) and other carriers being tended by sidewheeler tugs. But need help with the names.
Anyone help, or know what happened to them? Was one called ...Powerful?

what year was this i joined faithful as cabin boy in 1964 from school the other paddle tug was favourite

senior pilot
19th October 2011, 22:48
info i have from bill hannan's book DEXTEROUS sold24/11/81to desquaces del guadadquiver , seville spain
DIRECTOR18 12 79 sold towed from rosyth 15/5/80 brken up at Gijon spain
FAITHFUL12/4/83 towed by robust to gib 21/4/83 sunk as target by ALARCITY,BATTLEAXE,& BRAZEN
FAVOURITE 11/1 80 BROKEN UP GIJON SPAIN
FORCEFUL 10/11/81 TRANSFERRED TO DNAW AS A MISSILE TARGET AT ABERPORTH RANGE
GRINDER 3/3/80BROKEN UP GIJON SPAIN
GRIPER 29/2/80 BROKEN UP GIJON SPAIN